When the Arkansas Travelers return Thursday to Dickey-Stephens and finish a four-game series with Tulsa, they will have ended a stretch of playing 26 games in a row.


The 26-game grueling stretch began July 12 against Springfield. During the 26 days without a break, the Travs (49-59 as of Tuesday) will have had two series with Springfield and Northwest Arkansas and three series with Tulsa. After an 11-5 victory Monday at Northwest Arkansas, the Travelers were 9-11 in 20 games. Currently, they are seven games behind Tulsa and Springfield, who are tied for the lead in the second half of the North division. Thus, the four games against Tulsa are crucial


However, the Travs can’t seem to get on a roll and string several victories in a row. Their longest winning streak is four. Last week, Arkansas won all three games at Northwest Arkansas, but then went to Tulsa for four games over the weekend and lost all four.


Casteel on a Roll-Up until Monday’s game at Northwest Arkansas, first baseman Ryan Casteel was riding a six-game winning streak. During that time, he was batting .400 (10-of-25) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBIs. In the last 14 games, he smacked five home runs and doubles and 18 RBIs.


Successful Julys for Some


Outfielder Kyle Waldrop has moved up to sixth in the league in batting percentage with a .367 which is also the second-best in the league for the month. During the month, he smacked 14 doubles which is third most in the league. With 25 RBIs, Casteel is second in the league this month with runs batted in. Shortstop Joey Wong had 21 walks for the month which leads the Texas League and is all third in all of Double-A.